Mon. Nov 21st, 2022

The actor who played Luigi in the original Super Mario Bros. (actually, in a live-action movie, which is good) John Leguizamo criticized the casting of the new animated take.

No one is completely satisfied with the casting of a Super Mario Bros. movie. (Mostly because of Chris Pratt), but one of the first actors to portray Mario’s taller, greener brother recently voiced some criticism about the casting. Leguizamo recently spoke to IndieWire, where he expressed his dissatisfaction with the lack of variety in the developed Illumination film.

“I am OG. A lot of people like the original,” Leguizamo told IndieWire. “I’ve been to New York Comic-Con and Baltimore and everyone’s like, ‘No, no, we love the old, original.’ They don’t feel new. I’m not a striker, unfortunately.”

The actor went on to talk about his casting for the original film, saying, “Directors Annabel Yankel and Rocky Morton fought really hard to get me to play the lead because I was Hispanic and they [the studio] didn’t want me to be the leader. They fought very hard and it was a real breakthrough. So that they back off and not abandon another [actor of colour] kinda sucks.”

The casting call for the film was announced last year, surprising everyone when it was revealed that Guardians of the Galaxy star Pratt would be voicing the character, not Mario Charles Martinet himself. The recent trailer appears to have caused Martina some pain, as voice actress Tara Strong encouraged fans to remember their experience with Mario’s voice actor after performing at the film’s casting.

Other cast members include Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach, Charlie Day as Luigi, Jack Black as Bowser, Keegan-Michael Key as Toad (who sings a little in the film), and Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong.